Original Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers Leave America

by moviestar couture on November 3, 2012

The Original Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” worn by Judy Garland are leaving America for the first time in history, to make part of the “Hollywood Costume” Exhibition at the V&A.



The Ruby Slippers are owned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This is one of the four pairs of Ruby Slippers known to exist, and Senior Guest curator UCLA Professor Deborah Landis, negotiated with The Smithsonian’s National Museum who generously agreed to loan the pair to the V&A, so it would be reunited with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress for the first time since filming.

In 1938 the Ruby Slippers were designed by Costume Designer Adrian -MGM Studios chief costume designer- and made by Western Costume Company by shoemaker Joe Napoli. The slippers are covered in red sequins sewn onto fine chiffon, the large center bow is edged with red glass bugle beads, crystals and three emerald shaped crystals.
This is the first time that an original pair of Ruby Slippers has left the United States for an exhibition.A replica pair created specially for Hollywood Costume by Western Costume Company will be on display at the Smithsonian for the duration of the exhibition, and will be coming back to Washington D.C. in time for Thanksgiving.

Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis, said:

“The Ruby Slippers transcend Hollywood costume design and have the power to transport us to the limits of our imagination. These precious shoes exemplify the best of cinema storytelling because they evoke memory and emotion.”


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